Too often, we attach stress to circumstances that are outside of ourselves. We feel that people, things, or experiences in our life are to blame for us being stressed. As a result, we stop taking responsibility for how we feel.
Isn't it interesting that two people can have exactly the same experience, but completely different responses? One might find their thoughts about an experience stressful, and another person might not. The experience remains neutral, while the response to the situation is what changes.
When we can more openly accept our experiences for what they are (nothing more, nothing less), and recognize that we are 100% responsibility for how we feel, we can start to shift our experience.
That means it's entirely possible to be in a "stressful" situation and not be stressed. I know this from my own life: having experienced both ends of the spectrum (feeling stressed in a situation, and feeling at ease in a situation I'd have previously considered stressful).
To start making this shift, you first need to acknowledge that living a life with less stress is possible. And be willing to put in the effort to change, as it won't always seem easy.
Like any habit, breaking away from ingrained patterns of behavior can seem challenging, and often it will feel easier to fall back into a cycle of stressful thinking.
The good news is: creating less stress for yourself is possible! It starts with the simple practice of bringing awareness to your experience.
Here's the approach I use to stress less, and bring a greater sense of ease into my life (even amid circumstances that appear difficult):